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DOT Regs

Not all states require the same equipment, most require at least these, some less. Check your state on the next page.

* Headlight with a high and low beam

* Headlight indicator light visible to the operator to show when the high beam is operating.

* Horn - Some states mandate an electric horn.

* Battery powered taillight and brake light which must operate for 20 minutes on battery power alone.

* Rear view mirror.

* Turn signals for motorcycles manufactured after 1/1/73.

* Some states require speedometers and odometers.

* Tires should be DOT approved.

* Lights should be DOT approved.

* Fuel tank should be DOT approved.

Actual DOT Regs

Federal law (49 U.S.C. Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety) authorizes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) for new motor vehicles >and new items of motor vehicle equipment. NHTSA also investigates safety-related defects.

Neither NHTSA nor the Department of Transportation approves motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment. Instead, the law establishes a "self-certification&qu